Local bands take over the Talkin’ Donkey

West Kelowna's Bear Meets World and Vernon acts Paperboy and Naked Ghost play the Talkin' Donkey for an all-ages show Saturday.

“There is never anything to do in Vernon,” said any young person who has ever found themselves bored on a Saturday evening in town.

Well that is all about to change this Saturday when West Kelowna’s Bear Meets World and Vernon acts Paperboy and Naked Ghost take over the Talkin’ Donkey for an all-ages show.

The Talkin’ Donkey is a non-profit coffee house with an environmental, social and spiritual conscience known for its atmosphere, space, and top-of-the-line sound system.

It is garnering a name for itself as one of the stops for both local and touring musicians, said Mortenson.

“What I love about the Talkin’ Donkey is they are so pleasant to work with,” he said. “Any correspondence I have with them is warm and inviting. They genuinely want to create a space for the town’s musical talents.”

And talent there will be Saturday.

Four-piece Bear Meets World has exploded in their first year of performing, holding down music festivals and playing with some of the Valley’s top acts,

Their highly anticipated EP is due for release, which is impressive in its own right, considering these young men haven’t even graduated from high school, said Mortenson, adding, “Their brand of psychedelic soul rock is set to leave you spellbound.”

High school graduates Paperboy have been around as long as your grandmother’s canning and are still riding on the high from their first “real” music video, which was funded by Telus’ Public Records grant program.

The band is set to release its sophomore record next month.

Always busy about town and the Interior, they love nothing more than to play for their hometown fans, said Mortenson.

Headlining the evening is Vernon-based band Naked Ghosts.

“I knew as soon as I saw these kids (and I mean no disrespect by the term) that they were something special,” said Mortenson. “They’re frantic energy was infectious. Their songwriting was uncanny, and given that most of them  were still in high school, I was baffled they had cultivated such a distinct sound so suddenly.”

Saturday’s show at the Talkin’ Donkey, located next to the Salvation Army Thrift Shop in the north end of Vernon, kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday,

Tickets can be bought in advance at the venue or Electibles Records (downtown Vernon across from the Towne Theatre): $10 for adults, $7 for students or $10 at the door.